Treating musculoskeletal pain and inflammation in Podiatry medicine
Lasers have many uses to treat a variety of medical problems. Cold laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light that treat painful and possible debilitating conditions. Cutting Edge Multi-Lock Laser™ is unique in that it provides a continuous wavelength, as well as a pulsating wavelength to treat both pain and inflammation simultaneously.
Laser light energy enters damaged cells and stimulates cellular metabolic activity. This reduces pain in an affected area(s) and speeds recovery of damaged tissues. The treatments are painless and each session can last between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the area(s) treated.
Many experience positive results in 3 to 5 treatments with the average being 7-10 sessions. Acute conditions such as sprains, fractures and strains can improve quickly. Inflammation and swelling in the area is greatly reduced, leading to a reduction in pain. More chronic conditions respond well too, such as degenerative joint disease, neurological pain, musculoskeletal disorders, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and any other inflammatory conditions.
The effect of MLS therapy is cumulative. This means that the more often an area is treated, the more positive the outcome. It is important that once treatment is started, the course of treatment be completed.
Dramatic improvement has been seen in surgical recoveries, reduction in pain and swelling due to injury, faster healing of injuries, an improvement in local blood flow to the treated area and the cold laser can also be used to promote a more rapid healing of wounds and ulcerations.
One of the most exciting uses for the cold laser therapy is treating Neuropathy. Most patients feel a return of sensation and a decrease in their painful symptoms after a few sessions. Some patients require ongoing maintenance treatments to keep their symptoms at bay.
Podiatry continues to utilize technological advances that help to make the patient experience better with improved diagnosis and treatment options. Be sure to ask your podiatrist how technology has impacted the field of podiatry and what specific treatment options may be open to you.
If you have podiatry health questions, contact Dr. Brad Hayman of Complete Foot & Ankle Care, 3103 Clearwater Drive, Suite B, Prescott, AZ 928-776-9428.